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Solo Exhibition

On the 17th, 18th and 19th of May 2019, Applicat-Prazan will, for the 3rd time, participate in the Paris Gallery Weekend with an exceptional hanging in its Right Bank gallery at 14 avenue Matignon 75008 Paris. On this occasion, the gallery will be showing two masterpieces by Roger-Edgar Gillet (1924-2004), an artist defended by the great critics Michel Tapié and Charles Estienne in the 50’s, and later by Jean Pollak, founder of the Galerie Ariel. Between 1952 and 1962, Gillet’s abstract and materialist paintings belong to what Tapié called “Un Art Autre”. In 1963, the artist returned to a more figurative form of expression. With an organic and mineral quality, his painting is identifiable by its shades and impasto. Gillet knew how to look at society with humour and derision. He represented it with the representation of unknown or famous characters, born of his imagination. Fantomatic, they are either represented alone at the centre of middle-sized paintings or in a crowd in large compositions such as these. The scenes can be tragic as in “Heaps of people”, or festive as in “La fête chez Pollak” or acid as in these two masterpieces that are reminiscent of works by Honoré Daumier and James Ensor. In 1977 and 1978, Gillet painted thirty paintings on the theme of justice. When questioned about this, he said he had once entered a courthouse by chance and had felt an irrepressible need to depict courtrooms. This series gives a new perspective on the judicial world and its actors. Curious sensations emanate from these two monumental paintings of 1977. They depict an atmosphere of confrontation with an ominous, dark, half-real, semi-informal world, a world from which the observer beholds the scene but who, in turn, is observed by the characters, the spectator is excluded, even though Justice is supposed to be rendered in his name...

Solo Exhibition

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